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Date/Report Number:.090214:EGST-AF43-3322 Item:  STAINLESS STEEL BULOVA CARAVELLE 333 FEET DIVE WATCH [
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Description of item:  VINTAGE 1976 ORIGINAL ALL FEATURES WORKING STAINLESS STEEL BULOVA CARAVELLE 333 FEET DIVE WATCH [ 1976 ] N6 WITH M6 11DP PARA SHOCK 17J MOVEMENT WITH ORD DEP/A-II STYLE SPECIAL ALLOY MILITARY STYLE ANTI MAGNETIC ANTI DUST + ANTI MOISTURE SHIELD LIKE THAT USED ON VINTAGE USA MILITARY ORD DEPT & SOME A-II CASES 36.5 X 44 MM W/O CROWN

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $599.00


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ORIGINAL
MINT CONDITION

VINTAGE
READY TO WEAR
1976
ORIGINAL
ALL FEATURES WORKING


STAINLESS STEEL
BULOVA CARAVELLE
333 FEET
DIVE WATCH

[ 1976 ]
N6

WITH

M6
11DP
PARA SHOCK
17J
MOVEMENT

WITH

ORD DEP/A-II STYLE
SPECIAL ALLOY
MILITARY STYLE ANTI MAGNETIC
ANTI DUST +  ANTI MOISTURE
SHIELD
LIKE THAT USED ON
VINTAGE USA MILITARY
ORD DEPT & SOME A-II CASES

36.5 X 44 MM
W/O
CROWN


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With existing contracts with the Air Forces and Army, the US Navy FIRST entered into an agreement with the Bulova Watch Company IN 1956, and it’s Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, to develop and manufacture a new DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL AND 350 FEET CAPABILITY.

ADDITIONALLY, THE FIRST OFFICIAL US MILITARY DIVER WATCH WAS IS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958,TO 1961, [MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A]. IT WAS IN 1961 THAT BULOVA, UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL, WAS FINALLY SUCCESSFUL AND IT PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

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 WHILE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, IN 1963, BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, ["BLANCPAIN MI SPEC 1" ]WHO PRODUCED THE TR-900 DIVE WATCH. THE TR-900 DIVE MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA’ FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, MOISTURE INDICATOR, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT.

ABOUT 1000 TR-900?S WOULD BE PRODUCED UNDER TWO CONTRACTS FOR THE NAVY DURING 1964 & 1965 AND ISSUED TO NAVY UDT FROGMAN TEAMS AND MARINE RECON UNITS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, BULOVA RELEASED THEIR PLEXIGLAS 333 THEN 333333DIVE WATCHES FOR COMMERCIAL SALES AND THROUGH THE MILITARY PX/BX  AND R&R LOCATIONS.

IT IS IN THIS TIME FRAME THAT ELGIN PRODUCED THEIR FIRST WATER PROOF, ALL STEEL DIVE WATCH WITH RADIUM MARKERS.  

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BY 1964 THE BULOVA 333(FEET) & 333 (FEET) MODELS WERE   LAUNCHED ALL FUTURE LINES AND MODELS OF THE FAMOUS NAVY MILITARY DIVE WATCHES DURING VIETNAM WAR AND ALL FUTURE DIVE WATCHES. WE CAN NOTE WITH PLASTIC/PLEXIGLAS CRYSTALS, INCLUDING THE DOXA. THE 1964-1967, DIVE WATCHES WERE IN HIGH DEMAND. ESPECIALLY AUTOMATICS. AND, WITH A WET HOT HUMID VIETNAM WAR BUILD UP— THE PX & R&R LOCATIONS WERE A HOT MARKET.

[NOTE: ALL THE WATCHES SHOWN WERE RESTORED BY ROCK]

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BULOVA, WHO ACTUALLY DEVELOPED THE FIRST DIVE WATCH WITH PLASTIC CRYSTAL UNDER US CONTRACT, RELEASED THEIR MODEL IN COMPETITION WITH THE 1964 ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATIC. WHICH WAS INTRODUCED AT THE 1964 WORLDS FAIR.

 THE FIRST 333   FEET BULOVA DIVE WAS INVESTED IN BY US AND AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS FROM PRIVATE TO OFFICER…IN FACT, BULOVA MADE MORE SALES AND MONEY THAN BLANCPAIN, WHO HAD TAKEN OVER THE BULOVA CONTRACT AND UTILIZED MOST OF THE FEATURES OF BULOVA RESEARCH MODEL IN PRODUCING THE US MILITARY DIVE WATCH!

 

THE FIRST PLEXIGLAS DIVE WATCHES
click above for full article


 

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THIS ALL STEEL CARAVELLE WAS THE LAST DESIGN INTRODUCED AFTER THE END OF THE VIETNAM WAR AND BEFORE QUARTZ DESTROYED THE LAST OF THE GREAT MECHANICAL WATCH COMPANIES-AND WOULD FOLLOW THE PREVIOUS BULOVA CARAVELLE DIVES THAT WERE AMONG THE  THE TOP SELLERS AS MEN INVESTED IN WIDGETS AND GADGETS DURING THE WAR AND AFTER THE DRAW DOWN OF US MILITARY FORCES.

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FOR THE BULOVA WATCH COMPANY, WHO LOST THE MAIN VIETNAM US G MIL WATCH CONTRACT TO BENRUS, THE BULOVA CARAVELLE 333 AND 666  DESIGN TURNED OUT TO BE STRONG  MARKET MAKERS FROM 1964 THROUGH 1976. MANY OF THE CARAVELLE 333 AND 333DIVES WOULD FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE NAM AND THEN BE CARRIED TO THE HOME FRONT.

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WE HAVE EVEN OFFERED THE FIRST 1964-1969 VERSION: EBAY # 150677274106

HERE IS A LINK TO THE OWNER OF CARAVELLE 333DIVE HE PURCHASED STATESIDE AND WORE IN THE NAM THEN FOR ANOTHER 45 YEARS: Dive Watch Connection Forum   CLICK HERE

HERE IS A PICTURE OF A US SOLDIER IN THE NAM WEARING CARAVELLE DIVE: Pacific Chrono On The Dune

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BULOVA CARAVELLE
333 FEET

THIS BEAUTY HAS GREY  DIAL
WITH
BLACK MARKERS
WITH
TRITIUM CENTERS
A WHITE HASH
OUTER SWEEPS SECONDS
CHAPTER RING
COMPLETES THIS ORIGINAL DIAL

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SIGNED IN WHITE

CARAVELLE
WATER RESISTANT
333 FEET

WIDE WHITE TRITIUM HOUR MINUTE HANDS
AND AN
ORANGE CHRONO STYLE SWEEPS SECONDS

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TTHIS
CARAVELLE 333 FEET
IS ALL ORIGINAL
AND IN NEAR MINT CONDITION
ONE OF OUR MOST SPECTACULAR OFFERS

 

GOOGLE
"GOLDSMITHWORKS BULOVA CARAVELLE DIVE"

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THIS
BULOVA
CARAVELLE
333
HAS AN ALL STEEL CASE
THE CASE AND BRACELET HAVE BEEN CLEANED
AND
BRUSHED TO MINT CONDITION

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A WONDERFUL
WEAR-ALL-THE-TIME-WRISTWATCH
IN NEAR MINT CONDITION

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ORIGINAL CARAVELLE 333

 

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WE ARE NOT TOUCHING ANY PORTION OF THE HANDS OR DIAL
THE WAY IT IS IS SIMPLY AWESOME

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THE ILLUMINATION IS ORIGINAL AND STILL FIRES UP

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FINISH IS STUNNING
SOLID STEEL FOLD-OVER CLASPED
STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET

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NOTE THE CRYSTAL IS ABSOLUTELY THE ORIGINAL
DOUBLE LEDGE W/STEEL DIAL RING PLEXIGLAS
WHAT AN AWESOME LOOK

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THE ONLY MARS ON ENTIRE WATCH INCLUDING
CASE BRACELET DIAL MOVEMENT AND
BEZEL ARE A FEW SUPER MINOR MARKS ON BEZEL

BETWEEN
5 AND 10

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FINISH OF CASE AND BRACELET ARE STUNNING
INCLUDING STEEL FOLD-OVER CLASP

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NO BUFF OUT SANDING OR FILING
ALL LINES ORIGINAL

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NOTE THE CLEAN SHARP EDGES AND LINES

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NO MAJOR BUFFING
NO CUTTING ROUGH
THERE IS A SLIGHT MINOR MARK
CENTER OF FOLD OVER
WE RATHER KEEP IT
THAN BUFF IT OUT

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NOTE THE NONE-GLARE CLEAN FINISH
UNLESS YOU SUPER BUFF WITH CUTTING COMPOUNDS
THE FINISH WILL LAST ANOTHER 37 YEARS
AND MORE

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NOTE THE NONE-GLARE CLEAN FINISH
UNLESS YOU SUPER BUFF WITH CUTTING COMPOUNDS
THE FINISH WILL LAST ANOTHER 37 YEARS
AND MORE

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NOTE THE NONE-GLARE CLEAN FINISH
UNLESS YOU SUPER BUFF WITH CUTTING COMPOUNDS
THE FINISH WILL LAST ANOTHER 37 YEARS
AND MORE

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ABOVE ORIGINAL CROWN AND STEM
AND
ORD DEP/A-II STYLE
SPECIAL ALLOY
INNER MOVEMENT COVER

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NOTE THIS IS CONSTRUCTED OF A SPECIAL ALLOY
THEN PLATED OVER TO GIVE IT THE STEEL LOOK

AN "ORD DEP" STYLE INNER MOVEMENT COVER

NOTE THE NIPPLE THAT COMES
IN CONTACT WITH THE CASE BACK
THAT SEALS THE MOVEMENT


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ALL LINKS

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CARAVELLE
SHOCK RESISTANT
STAINLESS STEEL
333 FEET
ANTI MAGNETIC
WATER RESISTANT
N6

 

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UNLESS YOU SUPER BUFF WITH CUTTING COMPOUNDS
THE FINISH WILL LAST ANOTHER 37 YEARS
AND MORE

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UNLESS YOU SUPER BUFF WITH CUTTING COMPOUNDS
THE FINISH WILL LAST ANOTHER 37 YEARS
AND MORE

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UNLESS YOU SUPER BUFF WITH CUTTING COMPOUNDS
THE FINISH WILL LAST ANOTHER 37 YEARS
AND MORE

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CARAVELLE
M6
11DP
17J
PARA SHOCK

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DIAL MINT

 

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DIAL MINT

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ORD DEP/A-II STYLE
SPECIAL ALLOY
MILITARY ANTI MAGNETIC
ANTI DUST + MOISTURE
SHIELD
SIMILAR TO
ORD DEPT & A-II HACKING CASES

 

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ORD DEP/A-II STYLE
SPECIAL ALLOY
MILITARY ANTI MAGNETIC
ANTI DUST + MOISTURE
SHIELD
SIMILAR TO
ORD DEPT CASES

 

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ORD DEP/A-II STYLE
SPECIAL ALLOY
MILITARY ANTI MAGNETIC
ANTI DUST + MOISTURE
SHIELD
SIMILAR TO
ORD DEPT & A-II HACKING CASES

 

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CARAVELLE
M6
11DP
17J
PARA SHOCK

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CARAVELLE
M6
11DP
17J
PARA SHOCK

A BULLET PROOF MOVEMENT

A WORK HORSE THAT SURVIVED

BECAUSE SOME ONE LOVED THIS

TIMEPIECE

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SERVICED OVERHAULED
NEW MAIN SPRING

CARAVELLE
M6
11DP
17J
PARA SHOCK
Reverse
Crown/Ratchet
wheel screws
Manual Wind
Sweep Second
Movement
f = 18000 A/h
Power Reserve 42h

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CONDITION
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WATCH WINDS SETS & RUNS IN ALL MODES

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